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Tourism has changed a lot with the advent of the smartphone. We used to take one or two photos of something we admired with no preview of it, after you developed your film it was a surprise to see. We didn't have google maps and getting lost often opened your eyes to things you wouldn't have found otherwise. More friendly connections were made.
What other things do you remember about how travel/tourism used to be?
Way more dangerous. I went to Negril Jamaica and our neighbors got beaten up and robbed at a near by bar. Nobody found them till the next day because nobody had phones.
We didn't go right from film cameras to smartphones with cameras. There were digital cameras with screens for many years before phones had cameras. But I get what you're saying.
But yeah, it used to be a lot different. Those of us in our 30s or older are lucky to have know life before technology really took over for so many activities. I envy the vacations my stepdad has told me he took with his family in the 60s where they'd set out for two months in the summer to drive across the country in their station wagon, pulling a camper. And to think of the logistics that went into that - planning their stays at state and national parks, relying on printed maps and strangers to help guide them on their way. I wish I'd known that type of vacation.
You do realize how easy it is to go somewhere without your internet devices and digital cameras, right?
I've done it a couple times over the past few years. Get on a plane, shut your phone off and don't turn it back on until you're flying home.
Bring a film camera.
It's every bit as good as you'd think.
Loooooots of thing were different before internet and smartphones.
Its only easy beacuase most countries spell their stuff out for US (english).